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Brad says his Mum follows North

Roger Vaughan 30/04/2011 07:28:44 PM Comments (0)

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott knows his team will have to improve in a lot of areas to beat Geelong, but at least he has his Mum's support.

Brad will coach against identical twin brother Chris in an AFL premiership match for the first time next Saturday when the Kangaroos take on the Cats at Skilled Stadium.

While North posted their first win of the season on Saturday, Geelong are unbeaten after five matches.

This is Brad's second season as North coach and he recruited their mother Lynne before Chris could tempt her to follow the Cats.

It was a lot more straightforward for her when the Scott twins were winning premierships as Brisbane team-mates a decade ago.

"Mum's a massive North supporter, she was a Brisbane supporter there for a while and a bit of a Hawthorn supporter," Brad said.

"But I got in first - she can't change."

Brad knows he can do nothing about the media interest in Scott v Scott, but he gives the strong impression it is low on his list of priorities.

"I understand it's going to be interesting, because it's the first time two identical twins have coached against each other," Brad said.

"Chris and I are really focussed on what we're doing with our own football sides, so now you've asked the question, it's the first time I've actually started thinking about it.

"But it's an opportunity for us to play another really good side down at their home ground.

"He knows how I think and I know how he thinks, so it will probably come down to the players."

Brad is far more concerned about being able to match a top-four side.

When they played reigning premiers Collingwood in round two, North suffered an 87-point smacking.

"I'm confident we can get to a level where we can compete against those sides, but we're still a fair way off that and we haven't proven it, so it's another chance to do that," Scott said.

He added the prospect of reaching the finals was largely irrelevant this early in the season because the Kangaroos had a lot of improvements to make.

Scott is not interested in just making the finals, but developing a team that can be competitive against any opponent.

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